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Shamrock 5K Race

Posted by David Keelan on Sunday, November 30, 2008

The $25 early registration entry deadline for the Shamrock 5K race is tomorrow – that is, MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008.  (This date is a month earlier than in past years.)  Online registrations made after this date, or snail mail registrations postmarked after this date, will be more expensive.


This year’s Shamrock 5K race will be held immediately prior to the Parade on Sunday, March 15, 2009.  Last year’s race sold out when it reached its limit of 4,000 runners several weeks before the date of the race, so don’t risk missing the cutoff!


For further details on the Shamrock 5K race, including online registration (and a printable form for snail mail registration), go to the official race website at:


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Let GM Go Bankrupt

Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Readers please comment.  I want to write a long post on this one but can’t quite get it started.

Big Three Automakers Running out of Time

WASHINGTON – Detroit’s Big Three automakers are running out of time in their quest to convince skeptical lawmakers that Congress should throw them a $25 billion lifeline.

Top executives with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler will return to Congress on Wednesday, appearing before a House committee to plead for a “bridge loan” to give them a massive infusion of cash to prevent millions of layoffs, stave off bankruptcy and stabilize their teetering companies.

Here is a stab a conveying my thoughts.

If GM is so cash strapped and begging for emergency loans why wouldn’t they cleanse themselves in a bankruptcy?  Think of how much cash they would generate if they didn’t have to deal with secured creditors.  I am not talking about liquidation.  I am talking about shedding debt, kicking shareholders, and creditors to the curb (pardon the crudeness but that is what it would be).

Now the downside is that they would likely walk away from their post-retirement obligations and leave a lot of people solely dependant upon Medicare for their health benefits.  If we are talking about 6 million related jobs is that the price we would have to pay?

Seriously, what do you think would happen?  They would still make automobiles, they would still be going concerns.  Look at the airline industry.

Freemarket and Hayduke – I know you are out there.  What do you think?  Cindy, Ed, Pz, Jim?  Anyone?

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Whoops! I didn’t mean it.

Posted by David Keelan on Monday, November 17, 2008

The world has never seen such freezing heat
By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/11/2008

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

A sudden cold snap brought snow to London in October

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This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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